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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at msomers@washingtontimes.com.

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Architect Frank Gehry and others look over his design for the Eisenhower Memorial on the eastern end of the Mall at the National Building Museum on Thursday.
(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Aspects of Eisenhower Memorial trouble panel

Construction of a Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial is no closer after the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on Thursday expressed new criticism of the beleaguered project's designs and voiced concern for visitors' overall impressions. Published November 21, 2013

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, file photo, travelers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport wait for ground transportation upon their arrival.  During the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period in 2013, 25.1 million people are projected to fly, an increase of 1.5 percent from last year, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Slight dip expected in Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving travel is predicted to drop for the first time in five years, according to travel officials, the result of a still-recovering economy and overly-cautious consumers. Published November 20, 2013

Pollution down, fish recovering in Potomac

The Potomac River earned an overall grade of C on its 2013 State of the Nation's River report card, a step in the right direction from its previous D, conservationists said, but a score that leaves much room for improvement. Published November 19, 2013

School voucher group under fire for 'untimely information'

The Government Accountability Office has criticized the group that administers the District's school voucher program, saying the agency provides "incomplete and untimely information" about schools to participating families, and calling for both internal improvements and a helping hand from outside agencies. Published November 17, 2013

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, Republican candidate for Attorney General,  gestures during a new conference at the Capitol Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Richmond, Va.  Trailing by 164 votes, Obenshain announced his transition team, hours after Democrat candidate Mark Herring announced his own transition team.  The state's Board of Elections won't certify Virginia's voting until Nov. 25. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia's attorney general race could end up in General Assembly

A razor-thin margin in the Virginia attorney general's race could ultimately put the decision about a winner before the General Assembly — but the rarely used strategy of contesting an election comes with its own political consequences, analysts say. Published November 14, 2013

Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during an election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (associated press photographs)

Democrat Herring declares victory in Virginia attorney general race

Democrat Mark R. Herring declared victory in the Virginia attorney general's race Tuesday, after opening a triple-digit lead in the final hours before localities certified their results and submitted them to the State Board of Elections. Published November 12, 2013

Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during an election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (associated press photographs)

Herring takes lead in Virginia attorney general's race

Mark R. Herring took the lead in the Virginia attorney general's race, with the focus shifting back to uncounted provisional ballots in Fairfax County as the deadline loomed Tuesday for localities to certify their election results. Published November 11, 2013

Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during an election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (associated press photographs)

Obenshain's attorney general lead cut to 55

The race for attorney general in Virginia remains undecided nearly a week after Election Day, and as local elections officials neared the conclusion of an investigation into absentee ballots, the razor-thin lead of Republican Mark D. Obenshain narrowed. Published November 10, 2013

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Hanover Precinct at Atlee High School, in Mechanicsville, Va., on Tuesday. Rob Wilhoite (below) makes his selections at the school. Turnout across the state was exceeding expectations, perhaps due in part to the hotly contested gubernatorial race.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots for Virginia Governor at the Hanover Precinct at Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, Va., Tuesday, November 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) (photographs by andrew harnik/the washington times)

Motivated Va. voters turn out

Turnout in Virginia's gubernatorial election appeared to be higher than some predictions, countering conventional wisdom that says negative campaigns depress voter participation. Published November 5, 2013